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As cool as reptiles, arachnids, and fish are, I think I’d prefer to have mammals as pets.
Unfortunately, I’m terribly allergic to the vast majority of mammals that are commonly kept as pets.
If pet allergies didn’t exist and I no longer had migraines that restrict what I can do some days, I’d love to have a few furry companions.
Dogs can make such wonderful companions in life from what I’ve observed.
They (usually) don’t mind being petted, and some of them will even actively seek out that sort of attention from at least some of the humans in their lives.
Having a dog or two would also encourage me to be more physically active, especially in the winter when going outside honestly doesn’t sound that appealing most days.
From what I’ve read, dogs can be a solitary pet, but many of them enjoy having at least one canine companion around as well. I appreciate that flexibility as some species like Guinea pigs really need to be kept in groups, or at very least in pairs, in order to be happy.
Some dogs are quite intelligent. I’d enjoy teaching them new words or tricks. It would be interesting to see just how much they could learn over the years.
My second answer to this question is rabbits.
I’ve mentioned my love of this species here many times before.
Unlike dogs, they never need to be taken outside for walks. They can get all of the exercise and mental stimulation they need inside your home if you provide them enough playtime and enrichment activities. This would be a nice bonus when the weather outside is frightful.
They tend to be quiet, albeit sometimes mischievous, creatures. I like how independent they can be, especially since they generally do best with at least one other rabbit around for companionship. There’s nothing like watching two or more rabbits play together or try to eat the same piece of hay. I’d have hours of entertainment from quietly observing them.
Rabbits are less likely to want to be petted than a dog would be, but it can still happen if you build a trusting relationship with them. I’m a peaceful and patient person, so we’d be a good match there as well.